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Monday, 21 May 2012 09:33
This week in the news both the Telegraph and the Sunday Mail reported, “Civil servants are being permitted to take up to three extra days’ holiday a month”!
First of all this is not true, civil servants can get up to three extra “Rest days” a month. For anyone working shifts, you understand the difference. This is a brilliant system for both the staff and employers. The operation is more efficient and the benefits far out way the disadvantages.
Flexi time allows the employee to work at a time of their choosing within the company’s rules. This means that by working more hours together, they can have more time off together. They are perfectly entitled to these extra days off, they are working their contracted hours, they are fulfilling their contract to do the work they are being paid for. The advantages to the employer are even more than those to the employee.
The point you should be noting is that first of all most civil service work is not time critical, by that I do not mean that they do not have to meet deadlines rather they can do the work just as effectively at 7a.m. as at 9a.m. There are, of couse, some time critical jobs like call centres etc. where starting work at 7a.m. not 9a.m. would not be applicable.
First of all for the individual;
Benefits for the company include;
Put like that the real question is why isn’t everyone doing it?
We promote flexi time to our clients if it is appropriate, because the benefits to both parties, far out way the disadvantages. In the individual’s case it means they won’t get as much overtime pay, and the company has to ensure that the system is not abused.
However you don’t just have to have flexi time, to get these advantages. Shift work means that with the right shift pattern you could get over 10 weeks off per year. We have set up shift patterns where a three month holiday is possible.
Please contact us if you would like help to introduce flexi time or shift work.